Austin City Limits presents performance highlights from The Americana Music Association’s 18th annual Americana Honors & Awards at the historic Ryman Auditorium, on September 11, 2019. A generation-bridging group of musical innovators performed and garnered coveted awards, including Brandi Carlile (Artist of the Year), John Prine (Album of the Year and Song of the Year), I’m With Her (Duo/Group of the Year), and The War and Treaty (Emerging Act of the Year).
Wrapping up a milestone year with her GRAMMY®-winning record, “By the Way, I Forgive You,” Carlile took home an Americana trophy for Artist of the Year. 2003 Americana Lifetime Achievement (Songwriting) honoree Prine secured two of the evening’s top honors with Album of the Year for “The Tree of Forgiveness,” produced by Dave Cobb; and Song of the Year for “Summer’s End,” written by Pat McLaughlin and Prine.
I’m With Her (Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan and Sara Watkins) won Duo/Group of the Year after an extensive touring year anchored by their critically acclaimed album, “See You Around.”
Also honored by the Americana music community were The War and Treaty. The dynamic husband-and-wife duo was named Emerging Act of the Year following a prolific 2018 thanks to their debut “Healing Tide,” which landed them on notable year-end lists including NPR Music and Rolling Stone.
For nearly two decades, the Americana Honors & Awards program has provided a unique platform for commemorating the best and brightest musicians in the Americana music scene while showcasing once-in-a-lifetime performances. For the last eight of those years, Austin City Limits has created a special program to broadcast performance highlights.
“Every year, I look forward to this special night when the community celebrates one another for their well-deserved accomplishments,” said Jed Hilly, Executive Director of the Americana Music Association. “I’m proud to say there are no other awards shows like this in the business and am absolutely humbled by the caliber of talent who gather under one roof.”
About the Americana Music Association®:
The Americana Music Association® is a professional not-for-profit trade organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world. The Association produces events throughout the year; including AMERICANAFEST® and the critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards program. The Americana Music Association receives enormous support from the Tennessee Department of Tourism, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, ASCAP, BMI, SESAC.
The 20th annual AMERICANAFEST® took place September 10-15, 2019 in Nashville, Tenn. The event brings together fans and music industry professionals alike, offering six days of celebration through seminars, panels and networking opportunities by day and raw, battery recharging showcases each night. The Americana Honors & Awards is the featured performance of the festivities, taking place at the historic Ryman Auditorium. For more information, please visit www.americanamusic.org.